The FB post that started it all (left) and official JPJ statement. Click to enlarge.

If one has been trawling Facebook recently, a post regarding a woman’s unfortunate (and unintended) run-in with personnel from the Road Transport Department (JPJ) may have cropped up on said social media feed.

The story goes that the woman, identified as Suzanne G.L. Tan, was there to complete the transfer of ownership process for a car she had just sold. Upon arriving at JPJ’s Wangsa Maju branch, she was handed a ‘sarong’ at the counter where she was to receive her queue number. According to her, she was to don the article if she was to receive any form of service.

At the end of her post, she stated that she was seated at the service counter where only the her torso and above was visible to the officer, therefore negating the need for a ‘sarong’ in the first place.

Expectedly, the post went viral, triggering mixed reactions from netizens. As a result, JPJ has issued a statement, apologising to the woman and further clarifying that there is no such thing as a ‘sarong’ policy in every one of its offices. It did state, however, that a dress code is enforced.

Transport minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, has also announced on his Facebook page that “there is no such thing.” According to The Star, an investigation has been launched and that relevant action will be taken as a result. “There is an immediate need to review existing guidelines,” added Liow.